TAKE A HIKE!
Ellenville is at the epicenter of some of the most exhilarating and beautiful hiking in the region. We are surrounded by spectacular State Parks, State Forests, Land Preserves, Local Parks, and the O&W Rail Trail, all of which offer a multitude of outdoor opportunities, from very experienced hikers and mountaineers to those just seeking more gentile family-oriented adventures in bucolic splendor. If you love nature and the outdoors and are a seeker of breathtaking views, Ellenville is the place for you!
BERME ROAD PARK
Located in Ellenville, Berme Road Park offers numerous activities and is also the trailhead entrance to Smiley Road. This is a rugged trail that scythes its way up the west face of the Shawangunk Ridge to connect with the High Point Trail at Sam’s Point and the Witch’s Hole trails.
O&W RAIL TRAIL
The O&W Rail Trail runs parallel to the village along the Rondout Creek. It is ideal for family-oriented hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and xc-skiing. Two sections run through the village, heading north towards Kerhonkson. From Kerhonkson, you can pick up the trail again to head up to Rochester Park in Accord. There is also a 2.5-mile section that heads south out of Ellenville down to Spring Glen. The rail-trail is also ideal during the winter months for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. You can use the ‘Ride With GPS’ route maps below for locations and for further information about the rides.
O&W RAIL TRAIL ROUTES
LONG PATH ACCESS
BEAR HILL PRESERVE
MINNEWASKA STATE PARK PRESERVE
WITCH'S HOLE STATE FOREST
It doesn’t get more wild and rugged than Witch’s Hole State Forest which offers rugged hiking and spectacular views of the Shawangunk Ridge. Access to the Witch’s Hole trails can be found off the Smiley Road trail. Parking and access to Smiley Road are in Berme Road Park.
Below are links to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website for information on our local State Forests.
USGS TOPO MAPS
You can download topo maps of the Ellenville and Napanoch areas below.